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Cled, p.t. and p.p. Also: cledd, clede, cleid(e, clead; claid, clade, clad. [ME. cledde p.t., cled p.p. of Clethe v.]

1. Clothed, dressed.(a) 1375 Barb. i. 357.
The byschop … cled him rycht honorabilly
c1420 Wynt. v. 5583.
He hym cled in pourpoure
1456 Hay I. 59/13.
Than cled thai thame in clething of sekkis
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1337.
I … cled my heid, and closit baith my ene
1490 Irland Mir. I. 78/9.
Thai cled thame with levis of the fege tre
a1500 Seven S. 2420.
He … cled hir on a newe fassoun With clething of his awne cuntre
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxxiii. 11.
He … cled him in his abeit new
Ib. lxxii. 26.
For scorne thai cled him in-to quhyte
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 5941.
Quhen I wes naikit, ȝe me cled
c1650 Spalding II. 340.
Thay tirrit Skipper Walker out of his clothis and cled him in raggis
(b) a1400 Leg. S. vii. 763.
He wes clede at al dewice; Furryt wele in wayre & grece
Ib. xxxvi. 75.
He sal cled be mar roydly … thane wes Hely
c1420 Wynt. I. 697.
Thai ar cled In bestys skynnys, bak and bed
Ib. iv. 2110.
Julyus Cesare in that wede Wes wytht thame clede
?1438 Alex. ii. 47.
In blak clething cled was he As was the maner of Chalde
1456 Hay I. 284/19.
For that caus … the religious men ar cled in blak wede commonly
Ib. II. 69/12.
All knycht is oblist to be wele cled in his person
c1475 Wall. i. 382.
Till him raid v [= five] cled in to ganand greyne
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 892.
Sexty schalkis full schene, Cled in armour sa clene
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 422.
Quhen that I go to the kirk, cled in cair weid
1513 Doug. vii. Prol. 90.
In dowbill garmont cled and wily coyt
1537 Lynd. Depl. Magd. 117.
The honest burges cled thow suld haue sene, Sum in scarlot, and sum in claith of grane
1538 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 89.
Swa mony of his craft as will be cled in Fransche clayth to thair gownis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8141.
That ȝoung wenche that is all cled in grene
1568 Prot. Bk. T. Johnsoun 109.
To cleith the said Margaret … in bak and bed as ane honest mannis douchter suld be cled
1574 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 103.
Thai sall compeir … at the eister kirk duir, cleid m saik cleith
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xxi. 14.
I saw na gysaris all this ȝeir Bot kirkmen cled lyk men of weir
1587 Waus Corr. II. 383.
Ye will remember that the gentilmen be cled in blak but cullouris
1622-6 Bisset II. 351/30.
He as bischope thairof, cled in his pontificall
c1650 Spalding II. 407.
Thir cruell Irishis, seing a man weill cled, wold … tyr him
1687 Kingston Hist. Ho. Seton 81.
All grave learned men, cled in fyne black cloath
(b) c1500-c1512 Dunb. liv. 11 (M).
Quhen scho is claid in reche apperrall
Ib. lxxvii. 42 (R).
Four and twentie madinis ȝing, All claid in greine
a1578 Pitsc. I. 258/11.
Ane man clade in ane blew goune

b. Covered, overlaid (with a cloth or other material).(a) a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 1431.
With erde thai cled hyre in that stede, As men doys to body dede
1513 Doug. xii. Prol. 98.
The blomyt hawthorn cled his pykis all
c1552 Lynd. Mon. 699.
He cled the erth with herbis and treis
1585 James VI Ess. 44.
The winter came, and storms cled all the feild
(b) c1450-2 Howlat 673.
Braid burdis and benkis, … Cled our with clene clathis
a1500 Rauf C. 265.
Ane burely bed … , Closit with courtingis and cumlie cled
Ib. 681.
The flure carpit and cled
a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 33.
O polisand graf and mydding cled with snaw
1513 Doug. i. vii. (heading).
Eneas, … Cled with the mysty clowd, to Cartage went
1520 Dunferm. B. Rec. 174.
The closat … [to be] cled sufficiently with flagis
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 38.
Every blome on branche and bewche … In Mayis cullour cled
1637 Brechin Test. V. 220 b.
Nyne cheiris of aik claid & vnclaid
c1650 Spalding I. 142.
Thay raisit wp tymber sconses … , cled with daillis

c. Invested with a form, quality, etc. 1456 Hay I. 119/21.
All men that pursewis bataill is nocht cled with that vertu of force
1461 Liber Plusc. 385.
Cled with this corruptibile corps carnelle
1490 Irland Mir. I. 6/7.
Eftir at he was cled with oure nature and tuk humanite
1533 Gau 67/34.
This deidlie body sal be cled with immortalite
1563-1570 Buch. Wr. 46.
The chamæleon … cled himself … in the Quenis colouris
1596 Dalr. I. 118/25.
Certane monstiris of nature, cled in the forme of man
Ib. II. 106/18.
A horrible crime, cled with al impietie and wicketnes
a1651 Calderwood II. 102.
That purenesse and perfection wherewith we are cled in baptisme

2. Invested with, possessed of, a right or privilege, authority or power. 1466 (1471) Reg. Great S. 215/2.
Our soverain Lord is cled with the superiorite of the said landis … baith in Parliament and in Justice-are
?1549 Monro W. Isles 57.
The seven iles of Flanayn, claid with girth
c1575 Balfour Pract. 340.
The principall tenant, with quhais richt thay ar cled, and be quhais titil thay bruik … the samin landis
1615 Crim. Trials III. 274.
The said schereff and his companie, … cled with our souerane lordis authoritie
1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III. 194.
He … answered that they wer malapert to affirme that thai wer cled with his Majesteis auctoritie
1634 Stirling's Royal Lett. II. 812.
The Erle of Roxbrugh standeth cled with a better right
c1650 Spalding I. 106 (Bann.).
The assembly foresaid, … cled with the laws, … deposed bishops as they pleased
1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 43.
Mr Iames Ramsey … denyed the said Andro to be cled with any commission
1662 Decis. Lords G. 23.
Though the gift were prior, unless it were cled with possession, … the arrestment will be preferred
1683 Decis. Lords F. 31.
Base infeftments, without being clead with possession, is a sufficient ground of recognition

b. With material object. 1462 Peebles B. Rec. 143.
The court awardit … that Margret of Fylop auch to be cleide with the sayd cauldron
1474 Aboyne Rec. 17.
Ay and qhwil the sayde Jehan … sal be cled and possessit in the said landis
1484 Grant Chart. 36 (see Chevis v. 3).

3. Provided with a husband or wife. 1495 Acta Conc. 420/1.
The said Margrete beand cled with a spous
1507 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 140.
On to the tym that scho be cled witht an husband
1539 Reg. Cupar A. II. 10.
In cace it happin the said Elene heirefter to be cled or spousit with ony man
c1575 Balfour Pract. 254.
Ane woman, beand ane heretrix, sall remane in the keiping of hir over-lord, until scho be maryit and cled with ane husband
1574 Bk. Old Edinb. C. VI. 61.
That na maister quha is nocht cled witht ane wife, sall … tak ane prenteis
1579 Reg. Privy C. III. 370.
Seing it is not unknawin to the kingis Majestie … that scho is cled with ane husband
1609 Skene Reg. Maj. 44.
Gif anie man makes homage to ane woman, not cled with ane husband, … and she happin to marie therefter [etc.]
1628 Dundee B. Laws 526.
Any servand … quha is cled with ane woman in marriage
1663 Decis. Lords G. 65.
The defender the time of the furnishing was cled with a husband
1684 Dingwall Presb. 354.
He excepted … against Murach Reildach as minor, because clade with a husband

b. Provided with a master, protector, follower, etc. 1572 Reg. Privy C. II. 133.
That nane presume … to remane and abyde in this toune … except thay … be cled with a maister that will avow them
c1650 Spalding I. 195.
The lairdis of Delgatie and Ludquharne, cled with the Erllis of Erroll and Marschallis men
Ib. 295.
He had quyttit the company of the Gordouns, and cled him self with the Erll Marschall, his neir cusing

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